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beetle found in eucalyptus sapling harvested from Salinas, CA. Now in San Mateo  Bark has been hewn.  Beetles walking at night.  - Paratillus carus - female

beetle found in eucalyptus sapling harvested from Salinas, CA. Now in San Mateo Bark has been hewn. Beetles walking at night. - Paratillus carus - Female
San Carlos, San Mateo County, California, USA
May 5, 2014
Size: 1/4"
I harvested some eucalyptus saplings from Salinas, CA to build a bed frame for my daughter. From the same place I also cut some manzanita to be used as decoration in the room. The cut logs were stored outdoors for a few months to dry out before the bark was hewn. The logs were stored near some cut oak, apple, and almond firewood. A few months after building the bed frame with the hewn eucalyptus I stated seeing wood powder as well as what looked like powder post beetles. I bought some boracare (insecticide) to treat the wood. The powder post beetles have not been seen since, but these beetles have appeared in numbers. I see 3-6 every night. I can also hear gnawing in both the eucalyptus and now the manzanita as well. It's gotten to a point where my daughter will not sleep in the room. It's a shame because the room is friggin awesome...if I do say so myself

Sweeet!
Can you capture some more images with a camera that has macro capabilities? Would be a nice addition to the guide.

nice find
it's a clerid of, unsurprisingly, Australian origin that preys on eucalypt borers and has spread to many parts of the world

Moved from ID Request.

 
How do I get rid of them
How do I kill or get rid of them?

 
These beetles
are predators of the things making the chewing sounds in your logs. If you are concernerd about that you don't want to get rid of these.

 
why???
i would kill to have them...
we don't provide such advice on this site anyway